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ICASA 2021

December 6, 2021 to December 11, 2021

The convening of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2021) in Durban ICC, South Africa in December 2021 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV epidemic and the unique response to it.

In an inclusive context, according to the 2020 Global Fund COVID 19 Funding report, the emergence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on the most vulnerable communities around the world and threatens progress made in mitigating the impact of HIV, TB and malaria globally. Through grant savings and reprogramming of HIV, TB and malaria programs, over US$500 million has been allocated to the COVID-19 Response Mechanism. As such, this creates a gap in the fight to mitigate the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programmes, leading to fragile health systems being overwhelmed. A disease like COVID-19 threatens us all.

However, we must not relent in our goal for an AIDS free Africa. It is imperative for the continent to rely on the dynamics of recent scientific advances, on a plea that will respond to a mobilization of internal and endogenous resources. The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for all working in the field of Health as well as leaders, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers, clinicians from around the world to share the latest scientific advances, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to end AIDS by 2030.